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Top Ten places to live in Nairobi

If you are looking for affordable and  best safe place to live within Nairobi then a number of factors will determine where you will land. When deciding on a place to live then security of the place should be your first priority. You want a place where you can feel secure away from thieves and gangs who break into people’s houses. Your income is also a key factor to consider. Some of the residential places within Nairobi may be too expensive that you cannot afford. Here are some of the places you can consider when looking for a place to live in Nairobi.

1. Karen

This is the home to several Kenyan politicians like Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto. The suburb which is greatly known for its large European population borders the Ngong Forest and is home to the Ngong Racecourse. Houses here are very magnificent and super expensive.

The estate also houses two of Kenya’s top hospitals; Nairobi Hospital and the Karen Hospital. If you are looking for a good school to take your child in the neighborhood, Karen has a good number of top schools such as Brookhouse, Banda Nairobi Waldorf School, Light International School and Hillcrest International.

2. Runda

For the longest time Runda has been associated with the high and mighty in the society. It is quiet and serene environment and considered as one of the safest place to reside. Its proximity to Nairobi town makes it convenient for people who work in town.

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3. Donholm

Donholm is one of the oldest estates in Nairobi and has over the years witnessed a steady growth bungalows and flats. It is preferred by most young people and young couples.

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One bedroom goes for between Sh 10,000 to Sh 18,000 per month, while a bedsitter goes for between Sh 5,500 to Sh 12,000 per month.

4. Riverside

Riverside is located along steep slopes dipping down to the Nairobi River with gated houses which are characterized by good security. Many of the houses here are tailored to meet international standards so as to attract the expatriates. Its proximity to the CBD makes it a good place to stay for the diplomats and business people.

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5. Lavington

There are modern maisonettes, mixed with commercial developments, but most people who live in these neighborhoods enjoy a quiet and serene environment. It is one of the best places within Nairobi for one to live. Apartments for rent and sale are available and more are coming up.

6. Kahawa Sukari

Although Kahawa Sukari is  inhabited by a lot of Kenyatta University students, the estate is a good place for the working class even though rent prices keep rising.Availability of shopping centers such as Quickmart Supermarket and social amenities that can easily be accessed makes  Kahaw Sukari one of the best places to live within Nairobi.

A bedsitter goes for a about Sh8, 000 while one bedroom averages aroundSh.15,000

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7. Kileleshwa

If you are looking for a safe place to live then you should give Kileleshwa a consideration. Kileleshwa has some serene environs that are ambience for dwellers.  The area has some state of the art apartments and access to amenities is what makes it the best. It is also the best choice for the middle class Kenyans.

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Kileleshwa houses good schools like Kileleshwa Academy, Kenton College Academy  Light Academy,  Angels International School, Inquisitive Minds International School and Cavina School.

8. Roysambu

Roysambu is a fast rising residential area within the Nairobi city thanks to its proximity to Thika Superhighway. It inhibits both middle class and the rich. Roysambu is a home to many foreigners who reside in the country. One bedroomed house goes for about Shs. 15,000 to Ksh. 20,000 per month. For the a bedsitter it will cost you around Ksh. 8,000 per month

9. Kitisuru

Kitusuru is a luxurious neighborhood within Nairobi. It harbors some of the richest people in Nairobi. Its neighbors residential areas such as Westlands,Loresho spring Valley and Gigiri.  If you are not a home owner you can find some good apartments in Kitisuru but it will cost you an arm and a leg as the rental rates are somehow high.

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10. Ridgeways

Ridgeways is located along Kiambu road. It is the best and safe environment for dwellers or people looking for cool suburb to live in. Both bungalows and apartments are available for purchase or renting. Its proximity to social amenities and recreational facilities such as Windsor Golf and Country Club makes it one of the most sought after residential areas.


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